Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Held in the Heartland
In Mississippi alone there were four main POW camps. Below is a picture of the map which was posted in the front of the bus. The squares designate the main base camps and the circles designate the branch camps. The main camps were in Hattiesburg (at what is now Camp Shelby), Clinton, McCain and Como. There were more than 20,000 Germans held here in Mississippi.
If the men were willing to work they were paid 80 cents to put into their kanteen. POWs would use this money to buy cokes and even slip into town to watch an occasional movie and then slip back into their camps.
POWs organized bands, soccer teams, orchestras, theater groups and art circles. Many beautiful gifts were given to members of the families that they became attached to while here.
I loved this postcard which was drawn showing "Silent Night"
These POW camps were created shortly after the Geneva Convention was signed and they certainly honored the very spirit and hopes of that Convention.